I have been to Italy several times, but I must admit that Tuscany isn’t among the regions I have visited – yet. Based on what I hear from friends and family who have been there I understand that I have to do something about that.
The riding holiday destination I am now going to introduce you to, Il Cornacchino, is located in the southern part of Tuscany – around 2,5 hrs drive from Rome. I am picturing the ultimate combination of holiday activities; city break in Rome, riding holiday, wine tasting and some days of lazy beach life at the end.
Passion for horses
Il Cornacchino was established in 1992 by Ezio, Guilio and Fabio as a result of a shared passion for horses. They are the backbone of this place, and with over 25 years of experience they have gained a unique knowledge about what they do and they are very much involved in the day to day activities. Their philosophy «fit for all» is the foundation of the activities, and they welcome guests of all ages and experience level. They want their guests to experience a friendly and relaxed atmosphere rather than a traditional hotel experience.
Being an organic farm with a sustainable focus they are committed to using high-quality Tuscan products produced in their own region as well as vegetables from their own gardens. This is a part of their philosophy of life; Good, Natural and for Everyone.
You can find the full description of Il Cornacchino here.
The riding program
The main activity at Il Cornacchino is western style trail riding, and they have a varied program to offer.
Guests who want to use the farm as a base can participate in 2-hour trail rides arranged on a daily basis, morning and/or afternoon.
Those who are ready for longer expeditions, but still want to stay at Il Cornacchino overnight there is a program called «Taste of Trekking»
For the more experienced and adventurous riders, there are several exciting options, such as Etruscan Trail where you ride through the ancient paths of the early inhabitants of Italy, and the Maremma Trail where you get to work with cattle and horses accompanied by the Tuscan cowboys.
More information on each program can be found on Il Cornacchinos website.
An idea for next years holiday? I know at least that this is a place me and my family would like to check out as soon as we get the chance.